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Anyone have any reports from 5 mile reef? Thinkin about taking the sleds up there on Saturday or Sunday with the porties. Just gonna try and get away from all the trucks and cars a bit.

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you can drive your truck there and the fishing had been very slow for he last week or so...

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Thanks for the replies!

Only reason I was asking about 5 mile is because I will have my 6 yr old with and I was planning on leaving the truck at the trailer on springsteel. Otherwise I would have loved to head up to Garden/knights area this weekend if it was just me and some buds going...

Didn't know they were driving out to 5..shows the last time I was up there smile

Well I am planning on leaving this afternoon and try and catch the evening bite somewhere close to springsteel. We are spending the night up there, so (in light of the slow sounding report at 5) I think we will just reef hop most of Sunday. Probably start out on the closer reefs and work out to the deeper ones. Still might try and stop at 5 mile for maybe and hour or two, unless we find em' elsewhere. I'll try and post a report when I get back home Sunday night.

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Well here it goes..

Went up Sat afternoon and had to get fuel oil furnace fixed. That got completed by about 6:30pm and then jumped on the sled and headed out to Rudy's. Fished 12FOW from about 7 til dark; chubs, demon jig w/red treble. Caught a bunch of walleyes, to bad they were all too small.

Went out Sunday morning with the plan of hitting a bunch of spots I had marked on my gps at different reefs. Couldn't find my gps, so after 45 mins of looking for it I gave up and went fishing. Used guesstimations and fished rudy's, both dnr reefs and the string of structure that heads N.E (direction....) off of springsteel. Fishing was slow, caught lots of dinks, with a couple of nice perch tossed in.

At about 1 I found my gps tucked away in my camera bag (Doh!) and at about that time the auger started acting up...

Ended the day NW of N DNR reef and picked up 3 nice eater walleye. Wish I could have stayed till dusk but I had to be home by 7, so we left the lake at 4. The weather was awesome and we had a blast just messin around on the lake.

I am going back either this weekend or the next and will post an update to that trip as well.

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    • redlabguy
      Mark, Glad your crew had another great outing. It’s always good to read your reports. Just wish there were more of them like the old days. Sorry you hit the storm. One of the worst in our 14 years. We’ll be dealing with dock issues for a long time but nothing like the good folks in Cook have.  The fishing has come around a little since the storm. Definitely nightcrawler now. I don’t get far out of Frazer but the reefs are where the action is. Looking forward to hearing from you in September.  My best to you and Linda, RLG p.s. Our good old red lab, Ole, cashed it in last summer, but we have a 6 month old lab now who is learning the ropes up here (and teaching us we’re older than we think we are!)
    • Mike89
    • leech~~
      No can see?  
    • smurfy
      yeppers......nuttin more aggravating the boat motor issues!!!!!!!   what was the problem the first time???????
    • Hookmaster
      Nice fish Kettle. Hope it's really "fixed" next time.
    • Rivergroup
      Our group will be returning in September as well. Wish we were able to be there now to lend a hand.
    • smurfy
      dang...tough to hear..........hope the good people up there recover soon!!!!!!!!!
    • MarkB
      We just returned this afternoon from 6 days on Vermilion. We arrived Saturday and enjoyed 3 fantastic days of walleye fishing. My cousin, our friend Greg, and myself fished several of our spring spots and found fish on all of them. Water temperatures were pretty much 65-67 degrees everywhere we fished. The wind was variable and made boat control a challenge at times. Bait was not an issue and we had success on crawlers(Tim), leeches(Greg), and minnows(me). If I had to pick one of those as catching the most fish, it would be crawlers. Our best day totalled 48 walleyes, 4 smallmouth, and 2 big JUMBOS. We ended up with over a hundred walleyes, 12 jumbos 11"-13", and 10 smallmouth to 18". Our biggest walleye was 24.5" and the balance went from 13"-22". There are lots of 14"-16" walleyes this year which are perfect eaters. The mayfly hatch was in full bloom in some areas but we found very few mayflies in the water column over rock reefs. We caught our fish in depths ranging from 10' to 32'. I didn't fish in any area where I could see mayflies top to bottom in the water column. Slow trolling in the .3mph to .6mph worked and we caught nothing using slip bobbers. Terminal tackle was a 3'-4' 10# flurocarbon leader, 2 lime colored beads, and a plain #6 Gamakatsu walleye hook . Snags are always an issue when fishing in and around the rocks and when the fish are biting they are acceptable. NOW, for the bad news.......Tuesday was a day I won't soon forget. The area suffered devastating torrential rainfall. Lightning was non-stop for several hours and when things settled down, flood damage was everywhere. We checked our rain guage on the side of the cabin and we got 7 3/4 " in a little over 4 hours! Breezy Point road washed out, Mud Creek road washed out as did several others in the area. Cooke business area was completely covered with flood water. I would consider it a disaster area and should be declared as such. We couldn't find a dock anywhere that wasn't covered with water. People were stranded behind flood covered and washed out roads. Dock decking, limbs and such were floating everywhere in the big water. My group sends our prayers to the people of that beautiful country that lost their businesses, homes, and suffered damage to their lake properties. The people of that north country are resilient and we have confidence that they will recover. We stayed our final 3 days but didn't fish at all Tuesday. Our last 2 days showed the effects of the storm. Water temps dropped to 64 degrees and our premo fishing became 10 walleye days. We did manage to catch a dozen really nice jumbos. We plan on returning in September and we pray the area will have returned to normal by then. I haven't figured out how to transfer photos from my phone to my computer yet so no pictures at this time. Good Fishing and God be with you. MarkB
    • SkunkedAgain
      Word is that the river has peaked and therefore the town can start the process of recovering sooner.
    • smurfy
      Heard that too. Also heard 38 was closed for a but north of rapids due to flooding.    I know the water really came up when I was up last week compared to when I was there in April. 
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